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George Kahumoku Jr.’s Slack Key Show – Masters of Hawaiian Music celebrates its 19th anniversary with a special concert on October 19.

NAPILI — Since its inception in 2003, George Kahumoku Jr.’s Slack Key Show – Masters of Hawaiian Music has featured award-winning talent every Wednesday night. The Founders’ mission was to present authentic Hawaiian music in a concert-worthy setting each week.

On October 19 at 6:30 p.m., the 19th anniversary show will feature guest artist Kevin Brown, a traditional slack key guitarist and vocalist. He will bring a wonderful lap steel player to accompany him.

George Kahumoku Jr. and his Ohana musicians will also perform with charming Wainani hula dancer. Goodie bags containing Dancing Cat Records CDs and other goodies will be given as gifts to each ticket holder.

The show currently operates with a small team of seven people: George Kahumoku Jr., the show’s musical host; Nancy Kahumoku, backstage manager and booking agent; Peter deAquino, the musical co-host; Sterling Seaton, sound director and musician; Max Angel and JJ Jerome, sound technicians and musicians; and Wainani Kealoha, will-call greeter and hula dancer.

The original founders are George Kahumoku Jr., Wayne Wong and Paul Konwiser, who developed the idea together when George was on a sabbatical in California.

Why were slack key guitarists able to play at performing arts centers on the mainland, but in Hawaii there was no regular concert hall? Dancing Cat Records, under the direction of Windham Hill artist George Winston, recorded many Hawaiian guitarists and featured them in major performing arts centers on the continent where, until then, the released key was largely unknown.

Two years later, the “Best Hawaiian Album” The category was introduced at the Grammy Awards, and slack key guitar has won most of its years, including four years when the Slack Key Show won with compilation albums recorded live from their stage.

In its 19 years, the show has weathered economic storms, including the COVID-19 shutdown, when a virtual zoom show began.

Peter deAquino, who has been performing for 19 years, tells on stage how, in 2020, performing in front of the cameras in an empty room was so difficult compared to performing in front of a live audience, which lights up, smiles, laughs and applauds . There really is a strong symbiotic relationship between artists and a live audience.

The show starts at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Aloha Pavilion at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. For tickets, visit or call (808) 669-3858.

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